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|51k||Francis Daniel Day, the son of William Day, was born on 25 July 1904 in Millburn, N.J. Growing up with his brother and four sisters, he enlisted in the
Navy at the age of twenty on 12 January 1925. Navy life agreed with Day and he decided this would be his career as he moved up the ranks to become a Chief Watertender.|
On 07 December 1941, Day was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37), which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. When the ship was attacked by Japanese. aircraft. Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including CWT Day. Chief Water Tender Day was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his self-sacrifice in risking his life to assist 15 of the crew to escape from a flooded compartment through a submerged porthole.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries, many unidentified. Between June and November 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis. To identify Day’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis. The remains of Chief Watertender Day were reinterred at the Honolulu Memorial Cemetery in the Courts of the Missing, Court 5 (Recovered).
USS Day (DE 225) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB-37 thanks to Kevin King)
|Rick E. Davis|
|111k||undated wartime image||-|
|79k||undated wartime image||Scott Doremus|
Photos from Scott's Uncle,
John P. Doremus,
USS Day 1944 - 1945
|112k||starboard view taken while anchored at Subic Bay PI|
|135k||another starboard view at Subic Bay PI|
|60k||bow view at anchor in Subic Bay PI|
|68k||closeup bow view in drydock at Subic Bay PI|
|77k||closeup bow view in drydock at Subic Bay PI|
|76k||closeup view of screws and rudders in drydock at Subic Bay PI|
|61k||stern view of drydock at Subic Bay PI|
|85k||back at sea|
|35k||undated: USS Day taking on ammunition at the Fort Mifflin Annex of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.|
|42k||motor whale-boat from USS Day|
|36k||date / location unknown: Day anchored.|
|USS Day Memorabilia
USS Day Launch
|View the Day (DE 225) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Day as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Day's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Jun. 1944 - 15 Nov. 1945||Cmdr. Kendall E. Read, USNR (Comm. CO) (Cynwyd, Pa.)|
|2.) 16 Nov. 1945 - 16 Feb. 1946||Lcdr. Richard Albert Cutter, USNR|
|3.) 16 Feb. 1946 - 16 May 1946||Lcdr. John Forster Collingwood, USNR (Decomm. CO) (North Bend, Wa.)|
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